Anonymous
I was cutting something in the kitchen when i got cut by a knife. this knife was not mine it was my friends who i live with. We are 5 friends who live together and as far as i know none of them have HIV. Is there a chance of me getting HIV from this incident and should i get tested. If yes when should i get tested ?
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Anonymous
Hi there!
Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for HIV/AIDS related information.

The simple answer to your question is no, you have not exposed yourself to HIV. Let me explain why.
First of all, HIV is a very weak virus and dies once exposed to the air, so there is absolutely no risk of HIV transmission.
In order for there to be a risk for HIV, HIV positive fluids (blood, semen, anal or vaginal fluids) must come into direct contact with the bloodstream of an HIV negative person because of a risky activity. In the activity you described, none of the above happened. It is also necessary to know that HIV requires human to human contact, mainly sexual contact, with the exception of sharing needles. The exception to needles is that it is not the needle that contains HIV, it is airtight barrel of the syringe, which will include blood that has not been exposed to air.

Although HIV testing is not required for this situation, we do encourage all sexually active people to be tested on a regular basis for all Sexually Transmitted Infections including HIV. For further information, I would encourage you to visit our website, which will have more information on this subject as well as other related subjects.

I trust I have addressed your concerns however, should further information be required, please feel free to contact us again.

In good health,

Sandra, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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